Mindlessness: Why Don’t We Pay Attention?

Mindlessness: Why Don't We Pay Attention? by Laura Stack #productivity

Recently, my son James had a doctor's appointment. While waiting in the back room, he texted on his phone and watched videos. But as soon as the doctor walked in, he handed me his phone. Even at 13, he knew he couldn't pay attention to the doctor and have his phone in his hand. Why can’t some adults learn this? Last week, I had a meeting in downtown Denver, because a prospective client had requested an in-person conversation. During our conversation, he kept pulling out his phone, turning it on, swiping, and glancing down, clicking on his email, periodically tapping one and reading. He must have checked it 10 times while I was there—no explanation, no apology. Seriously, couldn't he have waited 30 minutes to check the phone? Instead of 30 minutes, our meeting was extended to 45 minutes, … [Read more...]

Slipping the Electronic Leash

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, talks about how our devices can hamper our productivity. (C) 2015 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. http://www.TheProductivityPro.com … [Read more...]

Letting Go: The Benefits of Sharing Responsibility

Letting Go: The Benefits of Sharing Responsibility by Laura Stack #productivity

We've all encountered people who wield their power like a club, whether they work in corporate or government jobs. Until relatively recently, most organizations were hierarchical, and most lower-level workers had little power or autonomy. As new technology has loosened managerial control, this has eased somewhat. While workers exhibit a greater willingness and ability to execute strategy, managers nonetheless often remain reluctant to share responsibility and authority. It may be that in our secret hearts, we all believe the right thing to do is to hold onto all the power we can, especially as we rise into the executive ranks. When you were a kid, your parents probably made you share your toys. You may have done the same with your own kids. However, most people don’t want to share t … [Read more...]

Controlling Your Inner Perfectionist

Laura talks about perfectionism. (C) 2015 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. … [Read more...]

The First 90 Days: Tips to Keep You On Top

The First 90 Days: Tips to Keep You On Top by Laura Stack #productivity #first90

In mid-January, LinkedIn's Amy Chen asked the columnists to answer a question: "What's your best tip for navigating the #First90 days on the job?" First, you may be wondering, why 90 days? Because that's a standard business quarter. Your superiors and coworkers will decide they have you figured out by then (even if they haven’t). This means you'd best impress them quickly; because as the cliché goes, you never have a second chance to make a first impression. People are wired to assess others rapidly, so how you act and what you accomplish in your first weeks will establish their opinion of you, and that can be very difficult to change later. As much as you can and is made available, study your job requirements well before your first day, and be ready to jump in on the first day. Be fr … [Read more...]

Weeding Out the Inefficiencies

Laura shares ideas on getting rid of the little things that slow you down. (C) 2015 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. … [Read more...]

BIG News for authors, speakers, bloggers, coaches

Tribal 2015

I'm extremely excited to share some important news with you today. It's about an event that can be HUGE for you. It's a powerful three-day conference for tribe builders --- people who are agents of change and want to lead. If that's you, you're going to go CRAZY over this event. It's called TRIBAL. TRIBAL is the first-ever event of its kind, created exclusively for thought leaders, artists, speakers, authors, consultants, information entrepreneurs, political leaders, YouTubers, coaches, or any kind of agent of change who wants to lead a tribe and make a difference. The public announcement will happen in ten days. But I wanted my readers to have a shot at a special early-bird discount. Make the most of it, and bring the best members of your creative team (marketing director, … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Tips with Laura Stack #productivity

Spring is the perfect time to clean up the clutter and dust that accumulates over winter and set yourself up for a productive remainder of the year! Tackle your project with the following three-step formula:         1. Get ready… Before you begin cleaning, get ready to tackle the clutter. Prepare for a spring cleaning spree. Start by labeling five large boxes: Put Away, Give Away, Store Away, Shred, and Trash. Select an area, such as a drawer, desk or room to organize first. Use a timer. Don’t view spring cleaning as an all-day task! Take an hour here and there to get the job done over several weekends. When you’re ready to begin, set your timer for 50 minutes. When it buzzes, use the last ten minutes of your organization session to handle the boxes: put thing … [Read more...]